While Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even Google Plus are popular social media outlets for communicating with our friends and family. LinkedIn is the only social outlet that offers potential for users to properly communicate our professional expertise to interested companies and agencies that are looking for new employees with our specific skill set. While we can always create posts and develop our about me page to include such details, there aren’t many ways to browse through users who have such experience with any great detail, especially due to privacy settings. LinkedIn was developed to change the way the world of professionals communicated and found each other. With the possibility of networking yourself across thousands of people, and following hundreds of brands and companies, you can now stay up to date on the latest job openings, while potential employers can add you as a connection on LinkedIn.
LinkedIn isn’t about communicating to people if you’re single, or where you’re at during any given period, but allows you to boast about both your past and current positions, while going into great detail about what you did or do. Similar to a resume, you can post detailed information about your past education, your abilities, such as what software you might have experience with, and other areas of expertise that you have but may not be using in your current position.
Joining the LinkedIn Crowd:
When you join LinkedIn, the moment you fill out as much information as possible, is the moment you begin to develop your connections. You’ll find that people who work in the same industry or office as you often have their own LinkedIn page and will add you as a connection. This is the first step in building a network. While it may not seem like much, those who can view your current connections can also view your page, and add you. Additionally, they can send you a message prior to adding you to figure out if you’re interested in what they have to say or offer.
There are no photo albums on LinkedIn, so make sure to represent yourself in a manner that’s appropriate to those that would hire you. Pictures of you drinking with your buddies are less than ideal. Take the time to find a decent head shot of yourself for posting.
If you’re really looking for a social media network that could help you find a new job, consider LinkedIn. You’d be surprised how many professionals are looking for someone just like you.